Last Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report stating that COPD moved up the ranks in the leading causes of death in the U.S.; from fourth place, COPD knocked stroke from third in 2008.
This is fa
r from victory for the COPD community; it’s almost disturbing to think that for the past two years, COPD has been in third place. This means that for the past two years, more people were identified to have died of COPD and the nation didn’t know it until now. What’s worse is that we didn’t think this day would come for another 12 years.
We issued a statement immediately and we know that as a community, it’s now time for everyone who hasn’t been engaged in advocacy, volunteerism or donating needs to take action NOW!
Last month, our president John W. Walsh issued a forward to a report released by the New York Daily News where he declared war on COPD. It’s about time everyone, and we mean everyone, takes some sort of action TODAY to help the community.
The new data isn’t a setback; it should serve as a reminder, a sort of encouragement, for all of us to do more. If we sit still, this number will only grow. And we’ll lament the day it becomes number one.
So, what are we going to do about it?!